Lifestyle Medicine is a multidisciplinary and multi-system approach to the chronic and lifestyle-related disease problem. The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) defines Lifestyle Medicine as :
“The application of environmental, behavioural, medical and motivational principles to the management of lifestyle related health problems (including self-care and self-management) in the clinical setting” (Egger, Binns and Rossner, 2012).
ASLM says, “Lifestyle medicine bridges the gap between health promotion and conventional medicine. It involves a range of health professionals working as a team to prevent, manage and treat the ~70% of modern health problems which have a lifestyle-based cause.”
In Australia, the field has grown under the guidance of ASLM for about the last ten years. Internationally, there are now 15+ colleges and societies, led by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, ASLM and the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
The emergence of the field of Lifestyle Medicine is timely and crucial in the light of the epidemic of chronic, complex and lifestyle-related conditions (also known as non-communicable diseases), driven primarily by western lifestyle and culture.
At the heart of Lifestyle Medicine is ‘lifestyle change’, that is taking charge of our own health and personally changing our health behaviours and other modifiable impacts on our health and wellbeing.
Lifestyle medicine is both common sense and good medicine!
You can find out more on the ASLM website.